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Sierra Leone president gives his 3 months salary to free education programme.

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Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio on Monday moved to implement a key campaign pledge when he launched his programme of free education for 1.5 million primary and secondary school children starting from September.

“I promised free education during the election and I’m here to implement it,” Bio said during an official launch ceremony.



While no financial details were provided about the overall cost of the scheme, Bio said he would donate three of his monthly salaries to it.

Bio took office in early April after a tumultuous election campaign, ending a decade-long rule by the All People’s Congress (APC).

The president said that the state would cover tuition fees and teaching materials and warned that parents would be fined or even jailed if they did not send their children to school.

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I encourage parents and guardians to provide uniform, shoes and continue their traditional role of home supervision and coaching,” he said.

A special telephone hotline has been set up in case people had any complaints about the implementation of the scheme.

Despite vast mineral and diamond deposits, Sierra Leone’s economy remains fragile and corruption is widespread.

The country is also trying to recover from the social and economic fallout from a long civil war, and more recently, an outbreak of Ebola which killed 4,000 people between 2014 and 2016.

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Madagascar presidential election credibility in doubt as electoral body face charges.

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Madagascar’s presidential election result is likely to face stiff legal challenges, following accusations of electoral fraud and corruption against the electoral body.

Report says appeals have already been lodged with the country’s High Constitutional Court.



Madagascar’s electoral commission announced results on Saturday, confirming an expected presidential election run-off after neither of the candidate obtained the 50% of votes needed to win outrightly.

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According to the Independent electoral commission, former presidents Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, will contest the second round having secured 39.19% and 35.29% respectively.

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The outgoing president Hery Rajaonarimampianina, placed third in the polls with only 8.84% of the vote.

The commission said turnout was 54. 3%.

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Nigeria: Akwa Ibom PDP alleges APC thugs put House of Assembly under heavy attack.

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The Peoples Democratic Party, on Monday, alleged that the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly premises was attacked by thugs, suspected to be working for the opposition party.



In a tweet on its verified Twitter handle @OfficialPDPNig shared a photo and said, “the thugs allegedly invaded the complex, chanting the slogan “APC! Change” as they set fire and blocked the entrance to the Assembly complex.”

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The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly (AKHA), premises is under heavy attack by members of @OfficialAPCNgthugs. The thugs invaded the complex, chanting the slogan “APC! Change” as they set fire and blocked the entrance to the Assembly complex #AkHAUnderattack pic.twitter.com/5R8sMhC7RU

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